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Should You Invest in CCTV or IP Cameras to Protect Your Premises?

A picture of a CCTV camera mounted on a ceiling in a Kansas City facility.


CCTV camera solutions for video surveillance have been available for many years. As its Closed Circuit TV name implies, it is a closed-circuit TV system that provides continuous video monitoring through cameras connected to a video recorder. But newer technologies, IP (network-based) based camera systems, are available for this purpose. One of the basic differences is that video is recorded as analog in CCTV and as digital with IP. Let's explore the pros and cons of each solution so you can determine what's best for protecting your Kansas City, KS, premises. 

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While an older solution technologically, CCTV camera systems have some advantages. They are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to their IP counterparts. CCTV systems are also relatively easy to install, although fixing issues may require more technical expertise, that’s less available these days. CCTV cameras are known for reliability, and they are less likely to be affected by network outages or cyberattacks. 

On the flip side, CCTV cameras have lower video quality than digital IP cameras as they rely on lower-resolution analog TV standards. As they generate analog video, they don't inherently have advanced features with high-resolution digital technology, such as motion detection and facial recognition. CCTV cameras are also bandwidth intensive as analog transmission cannot be compressed like digital video formats. 


Today’s world is digital, and IP cameras are digital throughout. With digital video capture, they are typically higher resolution than CCTV cameras. The digital capabilities also allow for advanced features like motion detection, object and people recognition, and two-way audio communication, as bandwidth is more efficiently managed on the networked connection. IP camera systems are more scalable, making it easier to add more cameras to a system as needs grow. The digital technology and IP network connections make IP cameras easier to integrate with other equipment and solutions, such as network storage devices for footage and video management software for managing large libraries of recordings. 

What are the disadvantages of IP cameras? They tend to be more expensive but usually come with more capabilities. They can be more complex to install, requiring a robust network, connections to video management systems, and more expertise in network and software systems. As with anything connected to a digital network, they can be more vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially when proper security protocols aren't followed. 


Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. If you are looking for a cost-effective and reliable solution with basic features, then CCTV may be a good option. But we highly recommend IP camera solutions if you need a high-quality security solution with a wide range of features and scalability. In particular, IP solutions are more future-proof as they can be improved with software updates that will enhance performance and add valuable new intelligent features over the life of your system. 


At Atronic, we design and install customized and integrated security solutions for homes, businesses, offices, buildings, warehouses, and educational and healthcare facilities. To learn more about how we can protect your home or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Atronic today.

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